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While sage tea doesn’t necessarily include any ingredients that could make you sleepy, it doesn’t contain any caffeine meaning it won’t disrupt your sleep on the whole.

Too much of any tea isn’t always a good idea, so to avoid any potential risks it’s best to stick to somewhere between one and six cups a day – depending on how strong you’ve made it.

Our expert nutritionist highlights who should avoiding taking sage tea:

“Although sage tea has a wide array of health benefits, unfortunately it is not suitable for everyone to take.

Sage tea is not recommended for individuals with epilepsy who take anticonvulsant medication, as it can impact the efficacy of anticonvulsant medication, resulting in increased risk of seizures.

Similarly, individuals who are on diabetes medication are advised not to take sage due to the impact of sage on diabetes medication and blood sugar levels.

Furthermore, sage is not recommended for those taking anti-hypertensive (blood pressure), anticholinergic or CNS depressant medication.

If you are currently on any medication please speak to your doctor before taking sage tea or sage supplements to ensure it is safe for you.

In addition, pregnant women are advised against drinking sage tea or taking sage supplements due to potential risks to the unborn foetus.

Similarly, we do not recommend sage tea for women who are breastfeeding as it can result in a reduction in breastmilk supply.

There is insufficient evidence to confirm that sage is safe for breastfeeding women, therefore it is advised not to drink sage tea during lactation.

If you have a family history of breast cancer or are currently on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), a certain variety of sage, known as Spanish sage (Salvia lavandulaefolia) is not recommended due to its estrogenic effects.”

Sage tea is considered safe to drink, but it should not be taken at high doses or in excessive amounts per day.

This is because high doses of sage (or more than 3-7g of thujone per day) may lead to:

  • Heart issues
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting
  • Kidney damage

Here’s what our expert nutritionist also has to say on the side effects of sage tea:

“Like all herbal supplements, sage can result in side effects, particularly if taken in inappropriate doses.

Sage contains a naturally occurring neurotoxin known as thujone.

Although safe in small amounts, excessive intake of thujone can result in severe side effects such as vomiting, seizures, heart abnormalities and kidney damage.

Therefore, it is essential to be mindful of the quantity of sage tea and supplements you are consuming.

Although a standardised upper safe limit of thujone has not yet been established, the European Medicines Agency Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products Report (2011) recommends no more than 6g of thujone per day.

Therefore, based on clinical data, it is recommended to drink no more than 3 cups of sage tea daily (Walch et al. 2011).

When taken in appropriate doses, sage is generally very well tolerated and side effects are rare.

Moreover, high doses of sage essential oil can be toxic if taken orally. Therefore, it is best to stick to sage tea or sage supplements for safe oral use.”

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